Attracting New Americans Into Baltimore's Neighborhoods
December 1, 2002 - During the last decade of the 20th century, the percentage of foreign-born Americans has surged to levels not seen since the early part of the century, reaching almost 11% of the total population. One-third of the increase in the U.S. population, from 249 million in 1990 to 285 million in 2000, was growth in the number of foreign-born residents. These national trends, together with a decade's experience with refugee resettlement, led Baltimore community leaders to ask whether attracting immigrants to Baltimore could reverse the five-decade decline in the city's population.
This study was conducted to explore the demographic facts regarding Baltimore in comparison to other comparable cities. It delved deeply into the available census and INS data. The study also investigated the experience of comparable cities that had reversed declining populations, seeking models for Baltimore to follow.